Freestyle Session World Finals 2018

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The Freestyle Session World Finals ’18, took place on November 10th and 11th, 2018 at the La Boom Nightclub in Huntington Park, California as part of the 2018 Pro Breaking Tour’s Champions Series.  The event was organized by Cros1 in conjunction with Grassroots Productions and paid $50,000 in cash and prizes.  A panel of five judged the 2v2 Crew-on-Crew Battle.  There was a Hip Hop Swap Meet and MC Showcase. There were special performances by Z*Trip, Bboy Storm, Artson & Lord Finesse.  The event was hosted by Cros1 along with Ivan the Urban Action Figure.  The DJs for the battles were Lean Rock, Fleg, Abel, Skeme Richards, Kev the Renegade, Timber, Mane One, Kaistar Element, Kidriz, Ervin Arana, Roxswift and Megatone.  Other events throughout the weekend will be Rocking Battles, Top Rock Battle, Kids 2vs2 Battles (under 14), Popping Battles, Whaacking Battles & Open Styles Battles.

  • Open 2-vs-2 Prize Distribution: $40,000 Cash + 2 Championship Rings + prizes from sponsors

o   $20,000 for first place; $8,000 for second place; $2,000 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $8,000 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $400 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th; $100 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd)

  • Judges for the 2-on-2:
  1. Orko
  2. Storm
  3. Wicket
  4. Skim
  5. Jeromeskee
  6. Charles/Goku ~ Prelim + Alternate
  7.  Renegade ~ Prelim + Alternate
  8.  Eddie Styles ~ Prelim + Alternate
  9.  Jeskilz ~ Prelim + Alternate

Freestyle Session has always been a gathering of the worldwide bboy and bgirl community and this year was no different.  There were familiar faces from many scenes, crossing multiple generations, all getting down together with a vibe like no other. BBoys and BGirls showed up from all corners of the globe to compete at this year’s World Finals event all hoping to grab a spot in the top 32 bracket.  With a payout at the top 32 level, all the breakers had incentive to give it their all in hopes to advance and with a steady flow of Monster Energy, the dancers had no trouble bringing their A-game. It was one of the most anticipated events of the year and now that the dust has cleared, we have our champions from the Freestyle Session World Finals, Pro Breaking Tour, Championship Series event.

In the 2-on-2 battle it was the BC One All Stars (Wing & Hong 10) who took first place over Yan the Shrimp & Robin. 

Huge Congrats to all competitors who entered.

There were so many great battles throughout the weekend, some of which you can check out below in the video links.  Also below are great pictures from Kien Quan & Stance, who were on the prowl throughout the weekend looking for the perfect shots to capture the event.

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Silverback Open Championships 2018

The 2018 Silverback Open Championships took place on October 27th and 28th, 2018 at a new venue named 2300 Arena, based in South Philadelphia. Nearly 850 breakers from 50 countries battled to get into the final rounds on a main stage and two cypher stages with three giant video screens run by and8 from Germany scheduling the breakers during the preliminaries and final rounds.

A panel of seven judged the 1-v-1 Open, 1-v-1 Bgirl, 3-v-3 Open, and 1-v-1 U14, with two alternates available in the event a judge happened to be in the same crew as a competitor, which brought the total judging panel to nine for the weekend.

The Silverback Open is a Champions Series level event on the Pro Breaking Tour and is organized by Silverback Bboy Events. The 2018 event was the fifth Silverback Open – the 1-v-1 Open is one of the most challenging breaking events in the world, given the depth and quality of the competitive field, featuring scores of past winners of leading international breaking competitions and Pro Breaking Tour events, many of whom do not get past the preliminaries.

As with all competitions, there can only be one first place winner in each category, and the Silverback Open had its well deserving victors in every category. In the 1-v-1 Open battle, Victor (Squadron / MF Kidz / Red Bull BC One All Stars) took first place over Stripes (Main Ingredientz / Flipside Kings); for the Bgirls, 15-year old Logistx (Underground Flow) prevailed over Jilou (Jimakeno Crew / Nin10do Crew); in the 3-v-3 Open, Plan B (Menno, Hong10, and Vero) took first over Navi Crew (Lussy Sky, Beetle, and Shigekix); and, in the U14 category, Lorenzo (born in 2005) took first over Kid Dynamite (2010).

Results of the final rounds are available on the and8 website.

Prize Money Breakdown

  • 1-on-1 Open Prize Distribution: $26,800 Cash for the final 32 breakers + Gold and Silver Silverback Medals
  • $15,000 for first place + gold Silverback medal; $5,000 for second place + silver Silverback medal; $1,000 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $500 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $250 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $50 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd).
  • 1-on-1 Bgirl Battle Prize Distribution: $9,500 Cash for the final 8 Bgirl qualifiers who were selected from the 1-on-1 Open prelims + Gold and Silver Silverback Medals
  • $5,000 for first place + gold Silverback medal; $2,500 for second place + silver Silverback medal; $500 for each semifinal loser; $250 for each quarterfinal loser.
  • 3-on-3 Open Crew Prize Distribution: $23,700 Cash for the top eight crews + Gold and Silver Silverback Medals
  • $12,000 for first place + gold Silverback medal; $4,500 for second place + silver Silverback medal; $2,400 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $600 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th).
  • 1-on-1 U14 Prize Distribution: Gold and Silver Silverback Medals
  • Gold Silverback medal for first place; silver Silverback medal for second place

Judges for the 1-v-1 Open, 1-v-1 Bgirl, 3-on-3 Open, and 1-on-1 U14:

Seven judges and two alternates judges served for 2018, including seven judges who were new to the main event at the Silverback Open – after five years the Silverback Open has featured 47 different judges from around the world.

Main Judges:

  1. Crazy Legs – Rock Steady Crew (United States)
  2. Storm – Battle Squad (Germany)
  3. Poe One – Style Elements / Mighty Zulu Kings (United States)
  4. Narumi – Body Carnival (Japan)
  5. Skim – Jinjo Crew / 7 Commandos (Korea)
  6. Lil Cesar – Air Force Crew (United States)
  7. Goku – Soul Control (United States)

Alternates:

  1. Jeskilz – Cyper Adikts (United States and Algeria) [Alternates / Prelims]
  2. Renegade – Soul Mavericks (United Kingdom) [Alternates / Prelims]

Johnjay Chon managed the event logistics, with a great staff of breakers and event organizers assisting.

The DJs for the weekend were Lean Rock (Squadron / Boogie Brats), BlesOne (Knuckleheads Cali), Fleg (Lionz of Zion) and Foxx Boogie (Repstyles).

As for emcees, Ivan the Urban Action Figure (Style Elements) and Nemesis (Breaks Crew) handled the main stage battles during the final rounds and prelims — Cros1 (FreeStyle Session) and Tyrone (The Notorious IBE / 45 Live) handled the cypher stages during the prelims.

The livestream was broadcast by Stance Elements and the hosts were Profo Won (Floor Games), Ark (808 Breakers), Candy (Floorlords), and Queen (NV).

Monster Energy was in the house with free giveaways of Monster Energy beverages, as were Tiger Balm and a.fatti. Gear from within the Bboy scene also made an appearance.

We’ll be posting videos and pictures from the event in the upcoming days. Also, make sure to visit us on Facebook for even more content!

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Freestyle Session World Finals ’17 ~ 20th Anniversary

 

 

Freestyle Session World Finals 2017
Los Angeles, California
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The Freestyle Session World Finals ’17, 20th Anniversary, took place on November 11th and 12th, 2017 at the La Boom Nightclub in Huntington Park, California as part of the 2017 Pro Breaking Tour’s Champions Series.  The event was organized by Cros1 in conjunction with Grassroots Productions and paid $30,000 in cash and prizes.  A panel of five judged the Open Crew-on-Crew Battle.  There was a Hip Hop Swap Meet and MC Showcase. There were special performances by One Be Lo, Fusik with a dedication to Mex One, S.O.U.L. Purpose & Immortal Technique. The event was hosted by Cros1 along with Ivan the Urban Action Figure.  The DJs for the battles were Lean Rock, Abel, Bles One, Kidriz, Ervin Arana, Renegade, Fleg, Roxswift, Buddha Stretch, Link and Charlie Rock.  Other events throughout the weekend will be Rocking Battles, Kids 2vs2 Battles (under 16), Popping Battles, Whaacking Battles & Open Styles Battles.

  • Open crew-on-crew (10-vs-10) Prize Distribution: $30,000 Cash + 10 Championship Rings + prizes from sponsors

o   $10,000 for first place; $6,000 for second place; $3,000 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $1,000 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $500 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th)

  • Judges for the Crew-on-Crew:
  1. Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)
  2. Poe One (Style Elements)
  3. Swiftrock (Battle Squad)
  4. Reveal (Rock Force/Killafornia)
  5. Wicket (Renegades)
  6. Charles/Goku (Soul Control) ~ Prelim + Alternate
  7. Bojin (Taiwan/Bboyworld Asia) ~ Prelim + Alternate
  8. Jeskilz (Cypher Addicts) ~ Prelim + Alternate
  9. Renegade ~ Prelim + Alternate

Freestyle Session has always been a gathering of the worldwide bboy and bgirl community and this year was no different.  There were familiar faces from many scenes, crossing multiple generations, all getting down together with a vibe like no other. BBoys and BGirls showed up from all corners of the globe to compete at this year’s World Finals event all hoping to grab a spot in the top 32 bracket.  With a payout at the top 16 level, all the breakers had incentive to give it their all in hopes to advance and with a steady flow of Monster Energy, the dancers had no trouble bringing their A-game. It was one of the most anticipated events of the year and now that the dust has cleared, we have our champions from the Freestyle Session World Finals, Pro Breaking Tour, Championship Series event.

In the Crew-on-Crew battle it was the Monster Energy Bboys who took first place over Squadron. 

Huge Congrats to all competitors who entered.

There were so many great battles throughout the weekend, some of which you can check out below in the video links.  Also below are great pictures from Kien Quan, who was on the prowl throughout the weekend looking for the perfect shots to capture the event.

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Keep checking back for more photos and videos from the event!

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Freestyle Session Undisputed

Freestyle Session Undisputed, presented by the Pro Breaking Tour and sanctioned by UDEF, took place on Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at World Beat Cultural Center in San Diego, CA. This Pro Breaking Tour Champions Series Event featured a 1-vs-1 Bboy/Bgirl breaking battle awarding a total of $5,950 in cash prize money.

1-vs-1 Breaking Battle Prize Distribution:
♦ $1500 for first place
♦ $850 for second place
♦ $500 for semifinalists
♦ $250 for quarter finalists
♦ $100 for round of 16 finalists
♦ $50 for round of 32 finalists

Hosts for the event:
♦ Urban Action Figure
♦ Cros One

Beats dropped by:
♬ Lean Rock
♬ Megatone
♬ Mane One
♬ Kidriz

1-vs-1 Breaking Battle Judges:
♦ Nemesis
♦ Wicket
♦ Kujo
♦ Paulskeee
♦ Ace
♦ Casper

Congratulations to Thesis for taking the win over El Nino in the 1-vs-1 finals. Remind and Moy were both semifinalists.

Big congrats to all competitors who entered!

Check back soon for more pictures and videos from the event.

Freestyle Session World Finals ’16

Freestyle Session World Finals 2016
Los Angeles, California
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The Freestyle Session World Finals ’16 took place on November 12th and 13th, 2016 at the La Boom Nightclub in Huntington Park, California as part of the 2016 Pro Breaking Tour’s Champions Series.  The event was organized by Cros1 in conjunction with Grassroots Productions and paid $60,000 in cash and prizes, with the 1-on-1 winner earning a spot in this year’s Undisputed battle in Prague, Czech Republic in January 2017.  A panel of five judged the Open 1-on-1 Undisputed Battle, and Open 3-on-3 Crew Battle and Bgirl 1-v-1 Battle.  There was a Hip Hop Swap Meet and MC Showcase. There were special performances by Dag Savage, Johaz & Exile, Dirty Science – LA, DJ Manwell & The Father of Hip Hop DJ Kool Herc.  The event was hosted by Cros1 along with Ivan the Urban Action Figure and Tone Anderson.  The DJs for the battles were Lean Rock, Skeme Richards, Element, Abel, Renegade, Bles One, Charlie Rock, Fleg, Ervin Arana, Smirnoff, Kidriz, Casey Masem and Mark Luv.

  • Open 1-on-1 Prize Distribution: $18,300 Cash + Trip to Undisputed World Championship (Prague, Czech Republic) event in January.

o   $7,500 for first place + qualification into the Undisputed bboy battle in Prague, Czech Republic in January 2016; $3,500 for second place; $1,250 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $500 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $200 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $75 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd).

  • Open 3-on-3 Crew Prize Distribution: $22,050 Cash + 3 Championship Rings + prizes from sponsors

o   $7,500 for first place; $3,750 for second place; $1,500 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $750 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $300 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $150 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd).

  • Bgirl 1-on-1 Prize Distribution: $2,000 Cash + Championship Ring

o   $1,500 for first place; $500 for second place; $250 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th).  The additional $500 sponsorship for first place was provided by Shaolin Productions.

  • Judges for the Open 1-on-1, Open 3-on-3, Bgirl 1-on-1
  1. Roxrite
  2. Phyzicx
  3. Moy
  4. Dyzee
  5. Charles aka Goku
  6. Wicket
  7. Jeskillz
  8. Reveal (Prelim + Alternate)
  9. Stuntman (Prelim + Alternate)
  10. Twixx (Prelim + Alternate)

Freestyle Session has always been a gathering of the worldwide bboy and bgirl community and this year was no different.  There were familiar faces from many scenes, crossing multiple generations, all getting down together with a vibe like no other. BBoys and BGirls showed up from all corners of the globe to compete at this year’s World Finals event all hoping to grab a spot in the top 32 bracket.  With a payout at the top 32 level, all the breakers had incentive to give it their all in hopes to advance and with a steady flow of Monster Energy, the dancers had no trouble bringing their A-game. It was one of the most anticipated events of the year and now that the dust has cleared, we have our champions from the Freestyle Session World Finals, Pro Breaking Tour, Championship Series event.

In the 1-on-1 battle, El Nino took first place over Issei.

In the 3-on-3 battle it was Found Nation who took first place over Polskee Flavour.

In the 1-on-1 Bgirl battle,  Yasmin took first place over Narumi.

There was also a 2-on-2 Hip Hop/House Battle, Kids 2-on-2 Battle, 1-on-1 Popping Battle and 4-on-4 Skillset Performance Competition.

Huge Congrats to all competitors who entered.

There were so many great battles throughout the weekend, some of which you can check out below in the video links.  Also below are great photos from Kien Quan, Stance and Mason Rose who were on the prowl throughout the weekend looking for the perfect shots to capture the event.

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Silverback Open Championships 2016

$100,000 in Cash Prize Money
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The Silverback Open Championships ’16
took place on October 8th and 9th 2016 at the YSC Sports complex outside of Philadelphia as part of the 2016 Pro Breaking Tour’s Champions Series. The event was organized by Silverback Bboy Events and paid $100,000 in cash prize money, plus trips for several winners to the Freestyle Session World Finals in Los Angeles, as well as a trip to compete at Undisputed in Prague, Czech Republic for the 1-on-1 Open winner. A panel of seven judged the 1-on-1 Open, the 3-on-3 Open and the 1-on-1 Bgirl with two alternates in case a judge happened to be in the same crew as a competitor. The preliminary battles expanded the judging panel to five judges for each cypher.

Like all competitions, there can only be one first place winner and the Silverback Open Championships had its well deserving victors in every category. In the 1-on-1 Open battle, Thesis (Knuckleheads Cali) took first place over Issei (Found Nation), in the 3-on-3 Open it was Kuzya / Sunni / Pocket who took first over Super Crew (Ben Stacks, Lil G, Ronnie), and for the Bgirls it was Narumi (Body Carnival) over Bgirl AT (Flomo) in the 1-on-1 Bgirl final.

 

Prize Money Breakdown

 

  • 1-on-1 Open Prize Distribution: $45,500 Cash + Freestyle Session World Final Round Trip Flight + a trip to compete in the Undisputed in Prague, Czech Republic

o $15,000 for first place + round trip flight to Freestyle Session Word Finals (November 12th & 13th; Los Angeles, CA) + a trip to compete in the Undisputed in Prague, Czech Republic; $7,500 for second place + round trip flight to Freestyle Session Word Finals; $2,500 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th) + round trip flight to Freestyle Session Word Finals; $1,000 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $500 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $200 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd); $100 for each top 100 loser (33rd-100th).

 

  • 1-on-1 Bgirl Battle Prize Distribution: $14,000 Cash for the top 8 Bgirl qualifiers (selected from the 1-on-1 Open prelims)

o $5,000 for first place; $2,250 for second place; $1,250 for each semifinal loser; $500 for each quarterfinal loser; $250 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th)

 

  • 3-on-3 Open Crew Prize Distribution: $42,000 Cash + 3 Freestyle Session World Final Round Trip Flights

o $12,000 for first place + 3 Round trip flight to Freestyle Session Word Finals (November 12th & 13th; San Diego, CA); $6,000 for second place; $3,000 for each semifinal loser (3rd-4th); $1,200 for each quarterfinal loser (5th-8th); $750 for each Round of 16 loser (9th-16th); $450 for each Round of 32 loser (17th-32nd).

 

Judges for the 1-on-1 Open, 3-on-3 Open and 1-on-1 Bgirl Battles:

  1. Swift Rock – Battle Squad (Germany)
  2. Twixx – Massive Monkees (United States)
  3. Dyzee – Supernaturalz (Canada)
  4. Physix – Rivers (Korea)
  5. Moy – Havikoro, Monster Bboys (United States)
  6. Ronnie Ruen – Style Elements, Killafornia (United States)
  7. Renegade – Soul Mavericks (U.K.)
  8. Fever One – Rock Steady Crew (United States)[alternate]
  9. Wicket – Renegade Rockers (United States) [alternate]
  10. Reveal – Killafornia, Rock Force (San Diego, CA) [prelim]
  11. Wicked – Phase II (Chicago, IL) [prelim]
  12. Napalm – Beat Whakz (Philadelphia, PA) [prelim]
  13. Goku – Soul Control / Climax (Fresno, CA) [prelim]
  14. Mike the Cure – Knuckleheads Cali (Los Angeles, CA) [prelim]
  15. Jeromeskee – Massive Monkees (Seattle, WA) [prelim]

The DJs for the weekend were Lean Rock, BlesOne (Knuckleheads Cali), Fleg (Lionz of Zion) and Foxx Boogie (Repstyles) with support from DJ Scream (South Front).

Monster Energy was in the house with free giveaways of Monster Energy beverages and alongside them were vendors from all over the US, providing gear from within the bboy scene.

We’ll be posting videos and pictures from the event in the upcoming days. Also, make sure to visit us on Facebook for even more content!

 

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Freestyle Session NYC Qualifier

Freestyle Session opened up its USA Tour for 2014 with the first stop in the city that started it all NYC.

The Freestyle Session NYC Qualifier took place on April 6th, 2014 at the Dumbo Lofts in Brooklyn and included a 3-v-3 battle for cash prize and trip to the Pro Breaking Tour Champions Series event, Freestyle Session World Finals. The event went down with a bang with some of NYC and East Coast’s finest bboy crews in attendance. The judges Jiggz(Breaks Kru), Flave(Killafornia/Stylelements) and Elmo(Street Masters) had there work cut out for them. Repstyles and Dynamic Rockers came close to the plane tickets to the World Finals but fell short in the semi’s but still walked away with $450 each. Finals pitted Supreme Beings and Beast Coast which came down to a tie breaker and with another round for each bboy Supreme Beings came out on top with a 2-1 decision by the judges and walked away with the $1500 cash prize and Beast Coast took home $750.

Congratulations to Supreme Beings this will be the first time this crew has made an appearance in the San Diego area.

Final Battle – Supreme Beings vs Beast Coast

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